The Magma Cup

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$22.99  $21.38
Aladdin Paperbacks
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5.7 X 8.4 X 1.0 inches | 1.35 pounds

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About the Author
Eric Gapstur is an author, illustrator, and cartoonist living in eastern Iowa with his wife and two sons. His work can be seen in DC and Image comics, among others. Sort of Super is his middle grade graphic novel series.
Designer, illustrator, comic-book-maker. Based in Dublin. I do graphic design with a heavy dose of illustration, and an increasing number of comic book projects. I also dabble in motion graphics, occasionally take on more freelance work than is wise and doodle TV characters while watching Netflix.
Two young superheroes start a search for their missing mom at a summer camp built next to a volcano. What could go wrong?

Enlisting their friends Beto Moreno and Nara Jenkins--respectively, an aspiring magician and a medal-winning wrestler--to help, fledgling secret super sibs Adeline and Wyatt Flynn enroll at Camp Igneous, conveniently situated at the base of the volcano where their mom might have disappeared four years before. Along with pursuing an investigation, though, the team faces serious competition vying for the titular cup in a series of mentally and physically demanding obstacle courses and other challenges, all while keeping their special powers hidden. The art's bright colors, overlapping panels, and expressively posed cartoon figures ramp up the pacing and visual energy for a plot that features a series of suspenseful contests capped by encounters with "radioactive goop" and other surprises in the volcano's crater and hints of a connection between the missing parent and a clandestine group of bad actors called the Quadrant. Stay tuned. Gapstur builds preteen banter, team building, frustrated romance, and even a nearly catastrophic eruption that tests the superkids' abilities to the utmost into this lively sequel. Wyatt and Adeline are White; the supporting cast includes racial diversity.

Triumphs, mishaps, and revelations kick this adventure into high gear. (Graphic adventure. 8-12)

--Kirkus "5/1/23"